Wells (2012) ESOL in the Hebrides and Island voices–‘Hey, hang on a minute, tha mise bilingual!’
Published in a British Council collection which focuses on English language teaching for migrants and refugees, Wells (2012) presents an intriguing insight into adult education in the Outer Hebrides. The collection as a whole highlights the regional balancing act necessitated by the facts of devolved education versus the UK government’s centralised control of immigration policy. Learning English is of crucial importance for new arrivals to Scotland. The author suggests that rather than being viewed as incompatible, the traditional aspects of local life and the new customs introduced as a result of immigration, can be harnessed to foster ESOL skills. Learning English is central to academic success for migrant children, for adults, learning English and gaining proficiency opens doors, enhances economic security and leads to increased social acceptance and cultural understanding within the host community.
Wells, G. (2012) ESOL in the Hebrides and Island Voices – ‘Hey, hang on a minute, tha mise bilingual!’ In D. Mallows (ed) Innovations in English language teaching for migrants and refugees. London: British Council, pp.153-164.